Jacksonville is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 72,436 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 14th largest community in North Carolina. Jacksonville has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Jacksonville, where the median household income is $44,956.00.
21.20% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Jacksonville. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Accommodation and Retail industries respectively employ 16.46% and 13.40% of the civilian workforce.
Another interesting thing about Jacksonville, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Jacksonville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Jacksonville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.88 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Jacksonville overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Jacksonville, 24.12% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2018 was $23,092, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,368 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Jacksonville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jacksonville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jacksonville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Jacksonville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Jacksonville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Jacksonville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.